There were full marks for over 450 children who completed the Telford and Wrekin Schools Half Marathon last Saturday (15 June) at Oakengates Athletics Track. They completed the final 1.1 mile in front of proud parents and teachers.
Children aged 4 and 11 got to experience a big race finish – a fitting end to 12 weeks of this cumulative half marathon from Schools Running Movement by UK Run Events. This national initiative was the brainchild of co-founders Rebecca Richardson and Joe Williams who encourage children to put down their gadgets and get outside, taking part in sport whilst working towards a goal.
The Schools Half Marathon was a fun way for children of all backgrounds and abilities to get fit and active in a friendly, supportive environment. They ran a mile each week during term time and noted their achievements on a chart and every school logged its miles on a wall tracker – both of which motivated pupils during the 12 week period. Their weekly mile was held at a set time either around the playground or on the school field and their teachers and parents often joined them.
Once they completed six miles they were given a wristband to wear. This spurred them on for the other six followed by a technical T-shirt and medal - similar to adult races – at the finish of the half marathon.
They had marshals, race numbers, music, commentary and a finish line gantry but best of all was the thunderous applause as they completed the final 1.1 mile around the track. All of which made it a successful day and one to remember for everyone involved.